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Vehicle Fire Suppression Research Needs.

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Hamins, A.

NISTIR 7406; 54 p. March 2007.


Motor Vehicle Fire Research Institute, Charlottesville, VA


automobiles; fire suppression; fire protection; automobile fires; halon alternatives; technology utilization; information dissemination; experiments; solid propellants; hydrids; fire walls; crashworthiness; fire models; tests


This report identifies research needs in automotive fire protection. The work focuses on the problem of post-collision vehicle fires. Recent fire suppression research is cited with special attention given to results cited in the scientific literature as well as relevant reviewed manufacturer information. The report is broken into several sections that include background information on the post-collision vehicle fire problem, a summary of previous suppression research in vehicles, recent fire suppression research, in general, and specific suggestions for further post-collision vehicle fire suppression research that is needed. The results of a workshop on "Fire Suppression Research Needs" that took place during the 2005 SAE World Congress is described. Several Appendices reproduce pertinent information, regarding suppression technologies for vehicle fire applications, which were obtained on the internet and in this sense act as an archive.